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Bonnies Open Home Slate vs. Saint Joseph's Friday Through Sunday

Bonnies Open Home Slate vs. Saint Joseph's Friday Through Sunday

ST. BONAVENTURE (6-14, 2-4 A-10) vs. SAINT JOSEPH'S (11-13, 2-4)
Friday – Sunday, April 6 – 8
Fred Handler Park

The St. Bonaventure baseball team, after more than a month of action and 22 games, is scheduled to finally open at home this weekend when Saint Joseph's comes to town in the third Atlantic 10 series of the season.

Friday, 4:00 p.m. (Live Stats) (Live Video) – RHP Brandon Schlimm (0-4, 5.91) vs. RHP Tim Brennan (4-2, 3.73) Friday's scheduled live stream has been canceled due to inclement weather. The game remains on schedule, however, first pitch is now slated for 4:00 p.m. 
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. (Live Stats) – RHP Casey Vincent (1-0, 3.00) vs. RHP Matt Kennedy (1-1, 2.20)
Sunday, 12:00 p.m. (Live Stats) – RHP Ben Contento (1-1, 5.64) vs. RHP Justin Aungst (1-5, 4.96)

St. Bonaventure took two of three in a three-game set at UMass this past weekend, scoring the series win in its second Atlantic 10 series of the season, moving to 2-4 overall in conference play. Each game was a tight one - the Bonnies sent the tying run to the plate in the ninth before falling 5-3 on Friday, then won in 12 innings, 6-5 on Saturday. Bona used a six-run sixth inning and held on late for a 7-5 victory in the rubber game Sunday.

Bonnies head coach Larry Sudbrook could add yet another very impressive accolade to his extensive career resume this weekend as he enters the Saint Joseph's series sitting on 698 career victories. The reigning and three-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, Sudbrook is far and away St. Bonaventure's all-time winningest coach in any sport. He has led the Bonnies to 14 winning seasons and last year surpassed 300 Atlantic 10 victories. Sudbrook would become just the second active Atlantic 10 coach to reach the 700-win mark, joining George Mason's Bill Brown. With the Bonnies' win last Sunday, Sudbrook moved to No. 1 all-time in wins as a member of the Atlantic 10 conference, passing former UMass head coach Mike Stone (697). Sudbrook sits behind only Stone in total A-10 conference victories with 305.

Sophomore Jeff Palczewski was key to both of Bona's wins at UMass this past weekend. Saturday, he drove in the game-winning run with his 12th inning single to break a 5-5 tie. The next day, he came through again with the go-ahead RBI single in SBU's 7-5 victory on Sunday. He finished with five hits in the series along with five RBIs after entering the series with two RBIs on the season.

Junior Mike Magnanti has been a catalyst this season atop the lineup for the Bonnies. He's hitting a team-best .347, good for seventh in the Atlantic 10. Magnanti also leads SBU in on-base percentage at .462, a mark that ranks third in the A-10 this spring. The first-year Bonnie leads the team with seven multi-hit games as well.

Senior Ryan MacCarrick enters with the longest hitting streak of any Bonnies player this season - he's picked up a hit in 10 straight games. Palczewski is close behind with an eight-game active hit streak.

Three Bonnies have started all 20 games this season - Magnanti (all at second base), junior Brandon Henshaw (all at shortstop) and senior David Vaccaro (all in center field). Vaccaro has played the most games of any SBU player the past two years - 68, including 65 starts.

The relief trio of senior Roman Wild and sophomores Brian Pulli and Murphy O'Brien were key to the series win at UMass. Wild racked up a career high six strikeouts in 3.1 innings in Sunday's victory; Pulli also had a career best five punchouts in 2.2 innings during Saturday's win before O'Brien tossed a season-high 3.0 scoreless frames to earn the win in the second game of the series.

Saint Joseph's, which remained in A-10 Tournament playoff race until the season's final day last year, was picked to finish seventh in this year's A-10 Coaches Preseason Poll. After two weekends of conference play, the Bonnies and Hawks are tied in the conference standings, each at 2-4. Saint Joseph's was swept at Saint Louis two weeks ago, but bounced back by taking two of three against crosstown rival La Salle last weekend. As a team, the Hawks are 10th in the Atlantic 10 with a .246 team batting average while averaging 4.1 runs per game. SJU is eighth in team ERA at 5.23.

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